Juveniles

Jun
10

YASI’s Provides High Predictive Validity for Recidivsm in Youth Offenders

The YASI was able to reach high levels of predictive validity, especially with the inclusion of strength-based items, but lost accuracy with female offending. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this […]

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Mar
11

Juvenile Offenders with Subclinical Depression Display Similar Delinquent Behaviors as those Diagnosed with Major Depression

Structured clinical interviews show an increased level of aggression, substance use, and suicidal behavior among juvenile offenders with subclinical depression. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured […]

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Feb
05

Mothers’ Attitudes toward Justice System Influence Adolescent Probationary Success

Mothers’ negative legitimacy attitudes toward the justice system indirectly predict increased youth re-offending. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice.   Featured Article | Psychology, Public Policy, […]

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Jan
15

Site Differences Impact Clinician Applications and Predictive Accuracy of the J-SOAP-II

The J-SOAP-II should be used as part of a battery of risk assessment tools rather than in a strict actuarial manner for assessing future risk. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a […]

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Jan
08

Gender Differences Apparent in the Use and Interpretation of the SAVRY for Juvenile Offenders

Gender plays a role in the association between the risk/need and protective factors on the SAVRY and risk of violence. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice.   […]

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Nov
20

Shame and Guilt are Important to the Understanding of Psychopathy and Psychopathology in Juveniles

For juveniles, shame is positively related to psychopathic behaviors while guilt is negatively related to psychopathic characteristics. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law […]

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Oct
30

No Racial Bias in Response to Juvenile Probation Violations

No systematic pattern of racial discrimination appears to exist post release in the juvenile probation system. However, juvenile justice continues to respond punitively to probation violations instead of focusing on treatment-oriented responses. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research […]

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Oct
23

Interactive Training System Successful for Child Interviewers

A computer-based, interactive training system demonstrates promising results for investigative interviewers of children by improving interview questioning skills, increasing adherence to interview protocol, and enhancing overall quality of interviews. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as […]

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Oct
16

The Role of Callous-Unemotional Traits within Adolescent Group Offending

Callous-Unemotional (CU) traits are associated with a greater likelihood of adolescents offending in groups and being in a gang. Additionally CU traits are associated with taking a leadership role within group offending, as well as with greater levels of planning in the group offense. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in […]

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Oct
02

CPORT shows Predictive Accuracy for Sexual Recidivism among Adult Male Child Pornography Offenders

The Child Pornography Offender Risk Tool (CPORT) was significantly associated with sexual recidivism, demonstrating moderate predictive accuracy for adult male child pornography offenders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research […]

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Jul
10

Mental Health and Substance Use Associated with Criminal Activity in Adolescent Inpatients

Older age, male gender, previous admission to a psychiatric facility, a history of childhood maltreatment, limited insight into mental illness, substance use, disorders of childhood/adolescence, and aggressive behavior are found to be associated with criminal activity among adolescent inpatients. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. […]

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May
08

Abuse History Used as an Aggravating Factor in Support for Juvenile Sex Offender Registration

Perceptions of abuse history mitigate support for juvenile sex offender registration in the abstract, yet are viewed as aggravating factors when considering both severe and less severe specific cases. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as […]

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